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April 21, 2014 at 1:07 PM

Bertha won’t resume tunneling for nearly a year

The world’s biggest tunnel boring machine will remain stuck along the Seattle waterfront until March 2015 — six months later than an earlier Sept. 1 restart goal. Seattle Tunnel Partners will take until late summer just to dig a deep repair shaft lined with vertical concrete pillars. Then comes one of the biggest…

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Comments | More in General news, Traffic & Transit | Topics: bertha, highway 99, Seattle Tunnel Partners

March 20, 2013 at 8:08 AM

Multiple vehicle crash at Southcenter slows commute

A multiple vehicle crash in the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 at Southcenter this morning has slowed traffic traveling toward Seattle. Washington State Patrol Sgt. Dan Atchison said that a dump truck, a semi and several cars were involved in the crash which is at the Interstate 405 interchange. He said the dump truck is in the…

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Comments | More in The Blotter, Traffic & Transit | Topics: Southcenter, Traffic accident, Washington Department of Transportation

March 14, 2013 at 1:05 PM

State transportation secretary orders review of 99 tunnel and 520 bridge projects

OLYMPIA — New state Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson has ordered a review of three megaprojects: a new Interstate 5 bridge crossing the Columbia River, and the new Highway 520 floating bridge and the tunnel replacing the Alaskan Way Viaduct in Seattle. Each project costs billions of dollars. Peterson said Thursday the assessment would be led by a…

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Comments | More in Traffic & Transit | Topics: Highway 520 Bridge, Highway 99 tunnel, Lynn Peterson

August 21, 2012 at 7:36 PM

Spill on I-405 makes commute, uh, poopier than usual

A pickup dumped almost its entire load of chicken manure on the southbound Interstate 405 near Kirkland a little before 7 p.m. today. The smelly mess that had Twitter users commenting on the stench was concentrated in the middle lane between Northeast 70th Street and Northeast 85th Street, according to Washington State Department of…

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Comments | More in General news, The Blotter, Traffic & Transit | Topics: I-405, Washington Department of Transportation

June 18, 2012 at 11:36 PM

Three in critical condition after I-5 collision with a semitruck

Three people were sent to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition Monday night after three cars collided with a semitruck on the I-5 northbound at the I-90 interchange, according to Kyle Moore, spokesman for the Seattle Fire Department. One teenage female, a female in her early twenties and male in his mid-twenties were critically injured in…

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Comments | Topics: collision, i-5, Washington Department of Transportation

May 8, 2012 at 12:46 PM

Big ferry-lanes detour on Seattle waterfront starts 5 a.m. Thursday

Seattle drivers headed to Bremerton or Bainbridge Island ferries will be channeled into a five-block detour starting Thursday morning at 5 a.m., according to the state Department of Transportation. The detour will last two years and possibly longer, depending on how fast work proceeds on the Highway 99 tunnel and a proposed city sea-wall replacement. There are three main…

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Comments | Topics: Alaskan Way, detour, ferries

December 22, 2011 at 11:42 AM

Have you bought your Highway 520 tolling pass?

Ready for tolling next week on the Highway 520 bridge? The state Department of Transportation reports today that while there are typically 100,000 vehicle trips a day on the bridge, by the end of last week only about 20 percent of those trips were by vehicles with Good to Go passes installed. Tolling on the bridge…

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Comments | More in General news, Traffic & Transit | Topics: Good to Go, Highway 520 Bridge, Washington Department of Transportation